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Old 2017-02-01 , 15:02
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Default UHD (4K) Broadcasts in UK

I've noticed on this trip to the UK that Sky is really starting to punt 4K shows, Drama and football in particular; it is providing quite a bit of content as can be see by clicking the tabs on this page. http://www.sky.com/shop/tv/uhd#!1-3

Clearly you need a Sky-Q Box at 75 quid, though I'm told they sometimes waive that cost when negotiating a deal with a new customer* They also include the Sky-Q box in some advertised bundles.

Also UHD TVs are everywhere and at well under under 400 Quid for a 43 inch LG and under 500 Quid for a 49 inch LG. Not the 2017 models, but a good deal, for a high spec 2016 model, for sure.

I wonder at what point MC will follow the UHD broadcast trend? And what decoder hardware will be necessary?

I picked up a 42 inch LG UHD TV for my daughter last year at around R8K, from Hirsch's, so TV price is no longer a huge detractor even in SA.
Thoughts anyone?

Cheers, K.

ps * for the uninitiated, Sky supplies Internet and telephony services in the UK, in addition to broadcast content. They are frequently prepared to cut a deal with a potential subscriber to flip him from BT or Virgin Media which also offer multiple services. So it is a very different model to MC which just offers content. k
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Old 2017-02-01 , 15:17
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I wonder at what point MC will follow the UHD broadcast trend?
I've wondered before if there's enough of a market here, based on how small the percentage of viewers that are on Premium (and therefore presumably are the ones able to afford more?)

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ps * for the uninitiated, Sky supplies Internet and telephony services in the UK, in addition to broadcast content.
Not as totally different in this part of the point as might be believed - the MC Group (under which is the company MC) also own M-WEB, and these days they own many (most?) ISPs.
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Thanks Keith for the info. I have passed it on to a few who are quite interested in UHD broadcasts.

R 6000 to R 8000 for a UHD TV sounds very reasonable.
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..... Not as totally different in this part of the point as might be believed - the MC Group (under which is the company MC) also own M-WEB, and these days they own many (most?) ISPs.
I hope not!
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I hope not!
All around me are people with a similar opinion of MWeb...yet in the last two months they've had loads of issues, and I've had absolutely none...

Of course, the common denominator is Telkom infrastructure, and there lies 90% of the issues...
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Another issue that may be of concern is how fast the tech is developing, or at least the marketers would have us believe that.
With 8K now becoming a reality and more spoken about on Click (BBC World on Sat. @ 08:30), will 4K end up outdated too soon and how easy for MC and others to follow on with these even newer developments?
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... Not as totally different in this part of the point as might be believed - the MC Group (under which is the company MC) also own M-WEB, and these days they own many (most?) ISPs .....
Hi B,
my point was not at all about company ownership (although I recently read that MWEB was being sold to Internet Solutions -- was that fake news ?) but, about the ability to contract directly and seamlessly with a single entity for up to 4 services (TV, Landline, Mobile, ISP). And to get a very good deal as a result!
Here, I can buy a Quad-Play service from Virgin, Sky, EE, TalkTalk, possibly others.
Check out some examples -- https://www.cable.co.uk/guides/5-best-quad-play-deals/

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Hi there Keith,

I was sort of thinking in that direction as well - how long before we start to see similar and how may that change the S.A. marketplace. Perhaps even a factor of 4K development in the bigger picture here.
We did already have CU+ "bundled" with Premium for Explora usage and I seem to recall some sort of M-WEB advantage with that initially, and now there's ShowMax as well.

Just thoughts...
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...although I recently read that MWEB was being sold to Internet Solutions -- was that fake news ?...
Confirmed, no ways is something like this on fin24.com fake: http://www.fin24.com/Tech/Companies/...-mweb-20161202
Thanks for the info.

As such that theory of mine falls flat.
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Yeah, that's the article I saw back in SA before we traveled. Cheers K.

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